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Bronxville Middle School Choristers Awarded Gold Medal with Distinction at NYSSMA Music Festival PDF Print Email

By Guest Contributor

Jun. 13, 2018: During this year's New York State School Music Association ("NYSSMA") festival, the Bronxville Middle School Choristers under the direction of Pamela Simpson came home with a gold medal with distinction.

NYSSMA holds festivals each year in which school choirs from schools in communities throughout New York State compete at varying levels and have the opportunity to win a medal for their performances.

Ms. Simpson explained that, to compete in the NYSSMA festivals, choirs must prepare three songs, two from a required list and a third that meets additional requirements.

The performances are heard by two adjudicators who make evaluations according to a standard, then provide written and verbal feedback, and finally award a medal. The choristers were awarded a gold with distinction for their exceptional performance.

The Bronxville Middle School students who sang in the performance were Aryia Banihashen Ahmad, Jake Berman, Amelia Bornmann, Eliza Brennan, Elizabeth Burnell, Elizabeth Cioffi, Brooks Clifford, Ellie Clifford, Savannah Delli Colli, Munira Dhuliyawala, Isabela Fenner, Audrey Heath, Ava Jacobsen, George Kedas, Lizzie Langhoff, Maggie Lockwood, Elle Reilly, and Francesca Ricciarini.

Congratulations to Ms. Simpson and the Choristers.

Pictured here: The Bronxville Middle School Choristers.

Photo courtesy a Bronxville Middle School parent

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Sarah Lawrence College to Introduce Course on Cinema with Hands-On Filmmaking PDF Print Email


By Patricia Pasquale,  Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Sarah Lawrence College

Jun. 13, 2018:  Aspiring filmmakers can look forward to a new one-of-a-kind program to be offered at Sarah Lawrence College in the spring semester of 2019.  

Cinema Sarah Lawrence, a 15-week, semester-away program, provides a rare opportunity for young filmmakers from any accredited college or university to collaborate with 25 film professionals in the making of an ambitious feature film that would be released nationally.

The program is led by Jay Craven, award-winning independent filmmaker and Sarah Lawrence faculty member, and Fred Strype, chair of Sarah Lawrence’s robust Filmmaking & Moving Image Arts program. 

Kanwal Singh, dean of the college, says of the program: “Cinema Sarah Lawrence is an experiential learning program that is deeply rooted in the liberal arts, immersing students in a process that starts with a work of literature and moves through the entire arc of development that results in the creation of a film.”

Cinema Sarah Lawrence begins with a weeklong visit to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. From there, students and faculty/mentors travel to the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, for seven weeks of classes, screenings, workshops, script critique and revision, casting, sessions with visiting artists, and pre-production. Following that, students will work with an expanded group of mentors/professionals to launch final pre-production and production of their planned feature film, Martin Eden.

The program has an impressive track record. Founded at Marlboro College, it ran for seven years, providing valuable experience to 106 students from 23 colleges and universities around the world. Previous films produced include Disappearances, starring Academy Award nominees Kris Kristofferson and Genevieve Bujold; Northern Borders, starring Bujold and two-time Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern; Peter and John, starring Golden Globe-winner Jacqueline Bisset, Christian Coulson (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black); and Wetware, starring Jerry O’Connell (Stand by Me), Cameron Scoggins (Nashville), and Morgan Wolk (Miles Ahead).

In 2019, Cinema Sarah Lawrence will produce a film based on Jack London’s autobiographical novel, Martin Eden. In this story, a rough-hewn, poor, and unschooled sailor, Martin Eden, unexpectedly meets a magnetic young woman of means and education, Ruth Morse. Their unconventional attraction upends both lives and propels timely themes of impossible love; the confines of class, celebrity, and individualism; aspiration to the American Dream; and the quest for a comfortable place in an inconstant world. 

Students from all accredited colleges and universities are welcome to apply to Cinema Sarah Lawrence. Many kinds of students—not just film students—will benefit from the program, as the skills developed have multiple applications and are chiefly intended to foster critical thinking, joint decision-making, problem-solving, evidence-based inquiry, creative interpretation, contextual analysis, fair-mindedness, flexibility, risk-taking in the process of creative discovery, and much more.

Students also acquire practical skills in the many specific jobs that are required to make a narrative feature film or television program. These skills can help them to advance significantly if they choose to pursue professional opportunities in the field.

To learn more about Cinema Sarah Lawrence, visit or write to the program director, Jay Craven at  CLOAKING .

Photo by N. Bower

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Four Events for Adults at the Bronxville Library in June: The Media, the Brain, Stress, and History PDF Print Email


By Christine Cutchel, Head of Adult Reference, Technology and Patron Services, Bronxville Public Library

Jun. 6, 2018: The following are four events that will take place at the Bronxville Public Library in June.

1968, 50 Years Later:  Thursday, June 7, 1:30 pm

Join award-winning sports journalist Evan Weiner, for this in-depth look at how the media--especially television--came into its own in the 1960s. From the first of the Kennedy-Nixon debates in 1960 to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the scathing assessment of Vietnam by Walter Cronkite, Weiner explores how the media matured. You’ll learn how Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy laid the groundwork. The foundation for the media we have today can be traced to these events and these important figures.  

Brain Aerobics:  Friday, June 8, 11:00 am

The brain is a muscle and, as with any muscle, needs exercise to stay strong. As we age, we can guard against memory loss and perhaps even delay the onset of diseases with memory exercises. Join Elder Care Homecare's Director of Patient Services Loren Gilberg, RN, BSW, CMC, MBA, while she gives you everyday brain exercises and demonstrations to guard against memory deterioration. Registration is required; email CLOAKING or call 914-337-7680, ext. 24. 

When Stress and Negative Emotions Become Addictive:  Monday, June 18, 3:00 pm

Any kind of emotional pain or distress, such as sadness, regret, or anxiety, will release stress hormones into the brain, and research in neuroscience and psychology has suggested that stress hormones can, perhaps surprisingly, become unconsciously rewarding in our brains. Join John Montgomery, PhD, as he delves into this topic and offers people a way to recognize and overcome these destructive patterns. 

History Book Club:  Tuesday, June 19, 1:30 pm

If you have a love for history and would enjoy discussing, on a monthly basis, a book that covers a significant historical topic, event, or personality, then this club is for you. For our first session, we will be reading and discussing James L. Loewen's national bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.  The discussion will be moderated by Joseph Verdicchio, PhD, adjunct faculty at SUNY Purchase since 2001. 

Pictured here:  The Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

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Bronxville Violinist Joyce Balint to Play in RiverArts Concert Saturday, June 2 PDF Print Email


By Staff

May 23, 2018:  On Saturday, June 2, at 1:00 pm, Bronxville resident and violinist Joyce Balint will join RiverArts Music Tour 2018 to play Beethoven's Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano. 

The performance will take place at Studio Hollywood, 41 Hollywood Drive, Hastings-on-Hudson. 

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The location is wheelchair accessible.

For additional information, go to and

Pictured here: Violinist Joyce Balint.

Photo by Peter North

Student Composers Chosen for Concordia Conservatory’s Annual 'Hear it Live!' Concert Friday, May 18 PDF Print Email


By Matt Van Brink, Head Composition & Songwriting, Concordia Conservatory

May 16, 2018:  Concordia Conservatory has announced the students whose works have been chosen for performance at Hear It Live!, the Conservatory’s annual showcase for student composers and songwriters.

The concert will take place on May 18, 2018, at 7:30 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College.

The selected students, ages 10 to 17, attend elementary, middle, and high schools in the Bronx and in Westchester County. They are: 

Alexandra Chitu (Eastchester Middle School, Eastchester)
Sadie Fox Jacobs (Hutchinson Elementary School, Pelham)
William Giegerich (Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, Bronx)
Yuri Lee (Tuckahoe Middle School, Tuckahoe)
Robert McGinness (Bronxville High School, Bronxville)
Sabrina Mellinghoff (Bronxville High School, Bronxville)
Julia Ognibene (The Ursuline School, New Rochelle)
Dayanara Rosa (George Davis Elementary School, New Rochelle)
Emma Sánchez (Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx)
Emma Venarde (Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx)

The compositions will be performed by professional musicians, including Concordia Conservatory faculty, and by the composers and songwriters themselves. Participating students will receive a recording of their works.

Tickets for the May 18 concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They can be purchased by calling 914-395-4507 or going online to

Concordia Conservatory offers private lessons and summer camps in composition, songwriting, and theory. Hear it Live!, an outgrowth of the Composition & Songwriting Department, has been presenting students' work to the public each spring since 2013.

Photo courtesy Concordia Conservatory

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